The Love of God is Better than Life Itself

A Love That's Better than Life

by Leslie Ann Jones February 01, 2019

Believing that God's love is better than life is the kind of thing that's easy when life goes sideways, because there really are situations when life on earth is so bad that to die and be with Jesus would be a mercy. But what about when the opposite is true? When everything is going great? When life is just as you imagined and all your wildest dreams are coming true? Is God's love better even still?

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Belong to God's Body through the Fellowship of the Local Church

Linger Longer: Belong to God's Body through the Fellowship of the Local Church

by Leslie Ann Jones January 29, 2019

The Christian life isn't a solitary life. No matter how hard you try, you can’t do it on your own...you need the community of faith. If you want to grow in godliness, you have to find a local church and go all in. Not just so you have a place to go on Sunday mornings, but so you can be a part of the body of Christ, a partnership of people who are committed to serving, worshiping, and doing life together for the sake of the gospel.

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Prayer is the gift of having God's ear. Enjoy that gift today.

Linger Longer: Have God's Ear through Prayer

by Leslie Ann Jones January 22, 2019

It's kind of hard to believe that God Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, would deign to communicate with us. Yet, he has. And in prayer, he bends down low and listens close to hear what you have to say in return. Yes, he's the high king of heaven, but he's also a loving father who has adopted you and called you by name. He knows you, loves you, and cares about the details of your life. He wants to hear from you.

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Linger Linger: Hearing God's Word by Muscadine Press

Linger Longer: Hear God's Voice through His Word

by Leslie Ann Jones January 15, 2019

God has chosen, throughout time and history, to speak to us through his Word. If you want to abide in Jesus and become the person he intends for you to be, you must first listen to his words. So how do we do that? Through reading, studying, and meditating on Scripture day in and day out. Here are some tips to get started.

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Establish a Quiet Time Routine that Works for You

Linger Longer: One Day at a Time

by Leslie Ann Jones January 08, 2019

One of the best ways you can practice abiding in Jesus day in and day out is by setting aside a specific time every day as a “Quiet Time” to read scripture, pray, reflect, and worship. There are many, many different ways to do this. Mine has changed over time, and yours will too. Here are a few tips to help you establish a quiet time routine that works for you.

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Spiritual Disciplines for Modern Life

Linger a Little Longer

by Leslie Ann Jones January 01, 2019

I'm not one to make big resolutions or set lots of goals at the beginning of each year. I'm slowing down a bit and spending the first few weeks of this new year reacquainting myself with the age old practices of spiritual disciplines. Reading the word. Spending time in prayer. Participating in worship. Lingering a little longer on the things that matter most. Slowly and steadily getting back into the rhythms of faithfulness. Will you join me?

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Gratitude Over Grumbling

Gratitude Over Grumbling

by Leslie Ann Jones November 01, 2018

Every year at this time, my social media feed explodes with friends and family members counting their blessings, one day at a time, and honestly, I enjoy those posts a lot more than the political ones that generally clog things up. If there's nothing else we can learn from social media, let's remember this: Gratitude is better than grumbling.

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A Heart Devoted

A Heart Devoted

by Leslie Ann Jones October 01, 2018

Hannah's story is beautiful and compelling and convicting all at the same time. I want to be like her when I grow up. I long for that kind of intimacy. That kind of faithfulness. That kind of trust. Don't you? May the same fervent devotion take root in our hearts and spill out in our prayers today and tomorrow and the day after that too.

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Beauty for Ashes

Beauty for Ashes

by Leslie Ann Jones September 01, 2018

When life gets hairy, we usually know what we need to do to make things better, but sometimes, especially if it's a hard thing, we shy away from doing it and just keep trucking along. For some crazy reason, we prefer the ashes of this life to the beauty that God has set aside for us...or maybe that's just me.

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Free Indeed

Free Indeed

by Leslie Ann Jones July 01, 2018

We've made so many sweet memories celebrating freedom with our people over the years, but it's not only our freedom as Americans that's cause for celebration. If you are in Christ, you are truly free, and nothing in this world can change that. Amen and amen.

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Lay it Down

Lay it Down

by Leslie Ann Jones June 01, 2018

The truth is that I'm a little bit of a control freak, and it's harder than I'd like to admit for me to let go of all my little kingdoms, but it's worth it. Because that's where God is. He meets me in the surrender and in the bowing down and in the letting go. What do you need to lay down today? Are you trying to control every detail of your life, or are you trusting in the Lord?

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Fear the Lord

Fear the Lord

by Leslie Ann Jones May 01, 2018

Contrary to popular belief, the woman in Proverbs 31 wasn't perfect. She was only human, after all. The thing that set her apart wasn't her work ethic or charitable giving (although those were certainly commendable). It was her fear of the Lord. She feared God, and she ordered her life accordingly.

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